Coronavirus update: 158 more cases recorded in British Columbia in past 24 hours

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VANCOUVER – British Columbia has recorded 158 more cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, health officials said in a written statement on Wednesday. There are now 1,496 active cases of the coronavirus in British Columbia, a total that includes 84 people hospitalized, including 24 in intensive care.

There have been no new deaths since the last update on Tuesday, provincial health official Dr Bonnie Henry and Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown said in their joint statement.

Since the start of the pandemic, British Columbia has recorded 10,892 cases of COVID-19 and 250 people have died from the disease.

There have been no additional outbreaks of COVID-19 in the health care system or in the community at large since Henry’s last update on Tuesday, and an outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver has been declared complete.

That said, the number of cases in the province continues to rise and “exposure events” continue to occur, health officials said. There are currently 3,608 people under “active public health surveillance,” according to Henry and Brown.

“One of the best things we can do to protect ourselves and those around us is to pay close attention to how we feel, doing our own checkup every day,” the duo said. “This is especially important if we have recently spent time with people outside of our home bubble or ‘safe six’. ”

Health officials have urged anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to contact 811 or their health care provider and arrange for testing.

“If you’re not feeling well at all, be the COVID-19 champion who makes the choice to stay home and stay away from others,” said Henry and Brown. “Choosing to do the right thing helps keep us and our loved ones, seniors and communities safe.

Five of the COVID-19 cases announced on Wednesday are epidemiologically linked, meaning the person who contracted the virus has never tested positive, but had symptoms and is close contact with a known case of coronavirus.

Most of the COVID-19 cases in British Columbia have been located in the Lower Mainland, with 3,941 cases recorded in the Vancouver Coastal Health area and 5,697 in Fraser Health.

Elsewhere in the province, there were 585 cases in Interior Health, 343 in Northern Health and 237 in Island Health. British Columbia also recorded 89 cases among people residing outside of Canada.

A total of 9,112 people with COVID-19 in British Columbia are now considered recovered.

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